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Breaking Precedent, Honduras Police Reform Makes Progress

A two-month old police reform commission in Honduras has already made significant progress toward cleaning up the country's notoriously troubled law enforcement...
Police roundup in Ciudad Delgado

El Salvador’s ‘Plan Seguro’ Failing to Make Communities Safe: Report

The unceasing drumbeat of deadly violence in notoriously rough Ciudad Delgado highlights the failure of the government’s "Plan El Salvador Seguro" to provide quick...
In his new book, Moncada examines the experiences of three Colombian cities

Book Traces Roots of Security Successes, Failures in Colombia Cities

A new book on the politics of urban violence in Colombia offers both a detailed look at what worked and a framework for analyzing and overcoming public security...
El Salvador is the murder capital of the world

Can US Violence Reduction Programs Work in Northern Triangle?

A new USAID report examines what works in reducing community violence in the United States, and how these lessons could be applied to Central America's turbulent...
El Salvador's Comandos de Salvamento rescue squad

El Salvador Youths Choose Fighting Fires Over Gang Life: Report

A Wall Street Journal report documents how youths in El Salvador are choosing to become firefighters in order to avoid gang life, a unique case that may nonetheless...

What Drives Crime in Mexico City’s Most Dangerous Areas?

A new study discusses the social factors that influence crime rates in Mexico City's most violent neighborhoods, an approach that could help guide a revised...

What Mexico can Learn From Declining Violence in 2 Border States

A new study examining the evolution of security in the Mexican states of Nuevo León and Chihuahua may offer lessons for the rest of the nation, though many of the...
An alleged Honduras gang member looking at his reflection

The Problem With Counting Gang Members in Honduras

Estimates for the number of gang members in Honduras range widely, mostly because authorities have a poor understanding of the differences between gang...
UPP officers in Rio de Janeiro

Rio Olympics: Prospects for Next Round of Favela Occupations

As the Olympics approach, Rio’s vaunted Pacifying Police Units (Unidad de Polícia Pacificadora - UPPs) are likely to get another injection of resources and occupy...
Argentina's Prosecutor for Economic and Money Laundering Crimes, Carlos Gonella

Argentina Follows the Money in Human Trafficking Investigations

Argentine prosecutors are pursuing money laundering investigations into alleged human trafficking organizations suspected of hiding millions of dollars in illicit...
Denilso Sánchez Garcete, alias "Chicharõcito"

In Hopeful Sign, Paraguay Fugitive Mayor Arrested

Paraguay authorities have arrested a fugitive mayor on charges of money laundering, boosting hopes that the government is making progress in the fight against...
Former Honduran Judge Wendy Caballero

Honduras Guilty Verdict Shows Something is Working

A former national judge from Honduras' special court system designed to handle high profile cases against gangs and members of organized crime has been found guilty...